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Food Drive Volunteer - Stop & Shop (White Plains)

Giving Tree Global, Inc. ("Bread of Life") is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides food, clothing, and institutional support to food pantries and homeless shelters throughout Westchester County where one in five people is hungry. Giving Tree Global works with a variety of partners to deliver food relief to those in need; however, a specific emphasis is placed on utilizing one of the most abundant resources in our community: excess food. Its team works with local grocery stores, restaurants, and food distributors to deliver excess food that would otherwise be discarded as waste to those experiencing food insecurity. Volunteers are needed to staff the outreach tables at local grocery stores, distribute shopping lists to customers, and collect food items. Volunteers may express interest in signing up for any or all of the available shifts: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

White Plains, NY

8/24/19 9:00 AM + more

Bridging Generations to Help Seniors

One Change at a Time is looking for volunteers for its “Bridging Generations” program, which aims to promote intergenerational relationships by bringing together the elderly and youth through therapeutic recreation, education, and social activities. “Bridging Generations” takes place at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and community centers and helps to improve the health and social wellness of seniors, while developing skills, establishing values, and providing a sense of empowerment. These interactions help all generations by providing mentorship opportunities, stimulating the mind through educational activities, and improving health by being actively involved.

New Rochelle, NY

9/1/19 2:30 PM + more

Create Inspirational Notes & Cards for Deployed Service Member

Volunteers will write inspirational notes and cards for deployed service members. These notes will be sent to deployed service members letting them know someone is thinking of them. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate in this event. There is free parking for volunteers at the Westchester County Center. Let the parking attendant know you are there to volunteer for the 9/11 event. This project is a part of 9/11: Serve + Remember.

White Plains, NY

9/11/19 12:00 PM

General Program Volunteers

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, Westchester is currently looking for general program volunteers to assist our schedule of purposeful programs throughout the month. Programs typically run on a Friday evening and a Saturday morning. The role of a general volunteer is to assist the program leader with setting up, activities, cleaning up, engaging with the families and participants and to celebrate everyone’s Best of All. Requirements: Need to be 13+. Under 13s welcome but must volunteer with a parent Attend an orientation Observe two programs Once the above requirements have been fulfilled a background check is required if 18+.

Ardsley, NY

Through 12/31/19

Summer Art Program Supply Drive

Strawtown Studio is collecting art material for its summer program, which serves to educate children on environmental stewardship. Items that are needed include: Paper (watercolor, mixed media, bristol vellum, colored card stock) Paint (acrylic, watercolor) Acrylic (nontoxic) paint markers Elmer’s glue (sticks, tubs) Tape (masking, transparent, duct) Fabric, felt Paint markers Colored pencils Cedar shingles Wire (all gauges) Beading wire in gauges 20 to 28 (gold, silver, green) Small craft mirror and tiles Jute, twine Hemp string Plasticine modeling clay (non-drying), natural colors Thin ribbons #remotevolunteer

Nyack, NY

Through 5/10/20

Volunteer Food Drives

Hudson Valley Community Services' food pantry program is seeking donations of nonperishable foods, toiletries, and household cleansers. Interested volunteers can organize a food collection drive at their school, club, religious organization, or place of business. HVCS can assist with picking up the goods and bringing them to the Hawthorne food pantry. In the past, student groups have even organized canned food drives at supermarkets!

Hawthorne, NY

Through 5/29/20

Organize Your Own Drive

The mission of Friends of Karen is to provide emotional, financial, and advocacy support to children with a life-threatening illness and their families. As a part of this effort, Friends of Karen recruits local volunteers who can help organize material drives in their communities. Volunteers can participate in the following activities: Coloring Book Drive: Collect new coloring books and crayons for kids in the hospital. Birthday Program: Collect items for the birthday toy pantry. (Ask for gift wishlist.) School Supplies Project: Collect school supplies and backpacks all year round. Pantry Drive: Collect paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer wipes, and baby wipes. Coin Harvest: Organize and run a loose change collection to benefit Friends of Karen or recycle cans and bottles and donate the change to Friends of Karen. Gift Certificate Drive: Collect $5 gift certificates to iTunes, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks. Tag Sale: Turn your junk into treasure and organize a tag sale to benefit Friends of Karen. The organization will start you off with a box of tag sale “stuff.” #donateschool #remotevolunteer

North Salem, NY

Through 5/29/20

Gifts for Children Program

The mission of Friends of Karen is to provide emotional, financial, and advocacy support to children with a life-threatening illness and their families. As a part of this effort, Friends of Karen recruits local volunteers who can help organize material drives in their communities. Volunteers can help in the following ways: Easter & Passover Project: Collect grocery gift cards to Pathmark, A&P, ShopRite, and Stop & Shop so families may have a special holiday meal. Birthday Program: Collect items for the birthday toy pantry. (Ask about gift wishlist.) Thanksgiving Baskets: Put together a basket of Thanksgiving food and a $20 gift certificate at A&P, Food Emporium, Stop & Shop, or ShopRite for the turkey. (Ask for details in October.) Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program: Fulfill the holiday wishlists of Karen children and families, as well as donate batteries (AA and AAA), gift wrap, bows, tape, and holiday candy. (Call for information in October). #remotevolunteer

North Salem, NY

Through 5/29/20

Sponsor a Family

Help an American family living in profound poverty by donating a monthly box of groceries! Family-to-Family is a hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to providing food, personal hygiene products, and other basic life essentials to American families struggling with the challenges of poverty. By connecting donors one-to-one with specific families in need, Family-to-Family’s mission is to bring a large and seemingly intractable problem—poverty—into personal focus, making proactive, attainable results possible, one family at a time. Family-to-Family currently helps approximately 430 families in 27 U.S. communities. Families in need of sponsorship are identified by local outreach partners who have specific knowledge of the needs of families in their communities. Sponsor a family and ensure that they get the food they need the last week of every month when food stamps often run out. After signing up, Family-to-Family will send details about the family that needs help. Find more information and sign up to sponsor a family here.


Through 5/29/20

Birthday In a Box Volunteers

It’s hard to imagine celebrating a child’s birthday without a party or presents. But for many local families, finding the extra money to afford a child’s birthday celebration is a struggle at best, and frequently impossible. Family-to-Family’s Birthdays In a Box program is designed to help these families by providing a small “party in a box” for a child in need. It also provides privileged children with the opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child. Birthdays In a Box are shoeboxes filled with everything needed for a small birthday party, and each box goes to a different child. Volunteers are needed to help collect materials for this project through drives in their neighborhoods, schools, or workplaces. This is a great opportunity for scout troops, school clubs, church groups, or any other group looking for a way to help needy children.


Through 5/29/20

Host a Diaper & Wipes Drive for the Westchester County Diaper Bank

Surprisingly, so few people are aware of the struggle some of their neighbors face just to meet the basic need of diapering their babies. The Diaper Bank relies on donations, community drives, and corporate sponsorships. The JLCW is seeking individuals, community organizations and corporate sponsors to support the Diaper Bank and our families in the community. We will send you a “How to Host a Diaper Drive” kit to get you started. We’ll also provide you with posters and educational materials. We are in greater need of larger sizes (5 & 6) and pull-up's (all sizes). If you think you can easily encourage your donors to skew their collecting in that direction, we'd be most grateful. We always need baby wipes, too! This project is ideal for kids, companies, faith-based organizations, daycare centers and more! #remotevolunteer

Through 12/31/19

Postcard-Making Volunteers

Hearts and Homes for Refugees is looking for volunteers to help host a postcard advocacy event in their local communities. Volunteers can gather their friends and mail the postcards; a toolkit with messages and postcard designs is provided. #remotevolunteer

Through 3/1/25